Magnolia Chapter FNPS
All the damage caused by Hurricane Michael in the Torreya State Park area has made our scheduled November meeting presentation even more relevant and timely! Come hear Emily Coffey's presentation about the extremely endangered Florida Torreya, Torreya taxifolia...
November 1st, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Room 1024 King Bldg., 319 Stadium Drive

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Ex Situ and In Situ Conservation Effort for
North America's Rarest Conifer, Torreya Taxifolia

Emily Coffey will discuss the most recent work Atlanta Botanical Garden has conducted on Torreya taxifolia, also known as the Florida Torreya. It is one of the rarest conifers in the world. Torreya is an evergreen dioecious tree endemic to a narrow range of bluffs and ravines adjacent to the Apalachicola River in northwest Florida and extreme southwest Georgia. In the mid-Twentieth Century, this species suffered a catastrophic decline as all reproductive age trees died from a disease (Fusarium torrayae).

Dr. Emily E. D. Coffey is VP for Science and Conservation at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Coffey joined the Garden in 2017 to lead the Conservation and Research Department where she leads and collaborates with a team of conservation scientists and horticulturists to expand the activities in conservation research, propagating and growing the plants, and developing conservation initiatives for plants and ecosystems.

ABG Work Week at Torreya State Park

Emily Coffey will be bringing a team from Atlanta Botanical Gardens (ABG) to conduct an emergency assessment of the Torreya trees during the week following her presentation beginning on Monday, November 5th, through Thursday, November 8th. The ABG team will be working with staff from Torreya State Park, other state, federal and private agencies, and our TorreyaKeepers volunteer group. This provides an opportunity for additional volunteers who feel confident about being comfortable with the difficult nature of the tasks that will need to be done. The focus of the effort will be on getting cuttings from additional Torreya trees in order to expand the genetic diversity of the off-site population. GPS devices will be used to navigate to previously identified Torreya trees in order to assess their condition, take cuttings, remove debris, and repair cages as needed. In order to do this, volunteers will need to have a high level of safety awareness as they hike up and down steep slopes while carrying needed supplies and maneuvering around fallen trees. Volunteers with chain saw experience are especially welcome. If you feel that you can handle all of these challenges and would still like to volunteer with this project, please contact Helen Roth at

GoFundMe: Endangered Florida Torreya Recovery

This GoFundMe account was created by Jason A. Smith, Associate Professor, ProForest - Proactive Forest Health and Resilience Team Member, IFAS/College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Florida. As he describes it...

The Florida torreya(Torreya taxifolia) is North America's most endangered tree, with less than 1,000 individuals left in the wild. Severely affected by a fungal pathogen and stressed by habitat changes, this population was already in a highly tenuous condition BEFORE taking a nearly DIRECT HIT from Hurricane Michael. The status of the population is now unknown, but in order to continue to allow for future maintenance and recovery efforts for this species into the future, immediate efforts are needed to assess the status of the population and take action to recover and rehabilitate all individuals giving them the best chances for survival through this catastrophic event.

These funds will be used by a team led by a joint effort between the University of Florida, the Florida Parks Service and Atlanta Botanical Garden to:
1. Use our existing inventory, maps and GPS data to survey the population of approximately 800 individuals (last surveyed 2012-2014). We will determine the condition of each individual and develop a recovery plan for each including what immediate action is needed including: removal of fallen trees, removal of hanging/broken overstory trees, implementation of treatments to address changes in overstory (mulching shade structure etc.), pruning of broken stems, replacement of deer exclusions, replacement of permanent labels etc.
2. An independent contractor will be brought in to assist in the brush/fallen tree removals.
3. Using disease-free stock produced at ABG, new plantings will be established, taking advantage of new forest disturbances to determine how these events affect recruitment and establishment and also to augment the existing population.

This work will be critical to recovery and maintenance of this emblematic species in the region. The region has been decimated by this natural disaster and there are many competing priorities with people who live there having their lives majorly disrupted. This project will bring in outside resources and allow for an important local resource to be saved for the future.

NOAA Imagery of Hurricane Michael Damage

Plant of the Month - Winged Loosestrife

Winged Loosestrife, Lythrum alatum var. lanceolatum, is a native perennial for full sun to part sun. It grows 3-4 ft tall and 2-3 ft wide and prefers rich, moist soil and will even grow in wet and water-logged soils. Plentiful blooms in summer cover the plant and range in color from near white to dark pink/lavender. the blooms are highly attractive to native pollinators. Many thanks to Native Nurseries for the plant donation!

Upcoming Programs for 2018-2019

November 1st - Emily Coffey - Ex situ and In situ conservation effort for North America's rarest conifer, Torreya Taxifolia

December 6th - Reed Noss - Florida Needs Fire!

January 3rd - Houston Snead - Conservation Projects Funded by the Jacksonville Zoo

February 7th - Peter Kleinhenz - Botanizing by Phone: Using iNaturalist to Learn, Document and Conserve Florida's Wildflowers

March 7th - Kevin Hiers - Prescribed Fire

April 4th - Harley Means - Geology of Steephead Ravines

May 2nd - Craig Huegel - Roots and How They Work

For additional and updated details about the Thursday evening programs and the accompanying Saturday morning field trips, please refer to our chapter's website calendar page.

Upcoming Magnolia Chapter Event Booths...

Monarch Butterfly Festival
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
Saturday, October 27, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Tallahassee Science Festival
Kleman Plaza
Saturday, November 3,10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Deerlake Family Science Night
Wednesday, November 28, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Due to Hurricane Michael, we will not be having our usual field trip in November, so instead we encourage you to attend the Tallahassee Science Festival on Saturday, November 3rd, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Kleman Plaza, where the Magnolia Chapter will be hosting an exhibit.

Get involved with workday opportunities...

Angus Gholson Nature Park - contact Diana Picklesimer at

Maclay Gardens Native Arboretum - contact Ann Johnson at

Milkweed initiative - check Facebook - Monarch-Milkweed-Initiative@st. marks nwr

TorreyaKeepers - contact Leigh Brooks at

Upsy Daisy Plant Rescue Society - contact Gail Fishman at

Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve, Lost Creek Forest, and Cherokee Pollinator Garden - contact Beth Grant at

Maclay Gardens Native Arboretum Scarecrow and Workday

Rayanne Mitchell reports that Maclay Gardens has now reopened and that we had limited damage to our arboretum. She and some other members plan to go out on Sunday afternoon (October 28, 1:00 p.m.) to clean up some large limbs that have fallen on the gardens and to put up our amazing Halloween scarecrow that was created by Mike Tucker out of native plant materials which includes a sparkleberry trunk for the body. Come join us to help clean up the mess or simply to see the scarecrow!

First Sunday at the Refuge -
Recovery of the Frosted Flatwoods Salamander

Sunday, November 4th, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
St. Marks and St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuges, Education Center
1255 Lighthouse Rd., Crawfordville, FL

Angus Gholson Nature Preserve Workday

Saturday, November 10th, at 9:00, at the picnic pavilion. This will be an exploratory work day. Diana reports that trees are down to a dimension that is unfathomable. This assessment will help prioritize what we may be able to do during future workdays.

Sarracenia Chapter Meeting - Susan Carr

November 20, 2018, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Wakulla Public Library, 4330 Crawfordville Hwy, Crawfordville, FL

Florida’s public conservation lands are home to our native plants and native plant habitats, including many of the natural areas that we know and love.  In light of rapid development, land conservation is essential to protect remaining natural areas and resources.  What is the current status of Florida’s public lands, and how are environmentally sensitive lands identified and protected?  Dr. Carr will discuss how conservation lands in North Florida are identified and protected, and how nonprofit land trusts contribute to this effort.  In addition, she will outline how FNPS citizen science and advocacy can help with Florida land protection, and management of our precious publicly owned natural areas.

(Susan Carr is a North Florida native, where her interest in the natural world began in the wild lands of Alachua County.  After receiving a B.S. in Botany from the University of Florida, Susan worked as an ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy before returning to graduate school to earn a master’s degree in plant biology from Louisiana State University.  She later returned to school and received a Ph.D. from the University of Florida where she studied the ecology and diversity of fire-maintained Florida pinelands.  These days Susan directs her energy toward protecting natural Florida as a Program Manager with North Florida Land Trust, and as President of the Florida Native Plant Society.)

Other Events

Friends of the Apalachicola National Forest: Facebook

Sarracenia Chapter: Facebook

Hairstreak Chapter of NABA: Calendar 

Apalachee Audubon : Calendar 

Monarch-Milkweed Initiative: Facebook

2019 Calendar - Notes from the Field - Fire Followers

Our 2019 Calendar is headed to the printer and will be available for purchase at our December meeting. It really is very beautiful. We owe Mike Jenkins a big thank you for pulling it together!

We will be sending out a call for pictures for the 2020 Calendar soon... The theme will be plants that like wet feet.

Meeting schedule: 1st Thursday of the month from September through May. Come to socialize at 7:00, chapter meeting at 7:30, and program at 7:45 PM.

Meeting Place: King Building on the FSU Campus (319 Stadium Drive) Room 1024 – Free evening campus parking at the parking garage south of the King Building off Stadium Drive, or the parking lot east of the King Building following Psychology Way south from Call Street. Room 1024 is at the back of the King Building - see campus map at for meeting location.
All meetings are free and open to the public.
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